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Reaching Beyond
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Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project – Report to USISPO from Jon Batzdorff

Based on conversations with the amputee veterans and prosthetists in Ukraine, it became clear that there was a need for help in the area of prosthetics and related rehabilitation. Specifically they needed assistance in fitting upper extremity and highly involved lower extremity amputees. The discussion that began in November developed into the ProsthetiKa Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto and Canada Ukraine Foundation agreed to lead the project, and Jon Batzdorff of ProsthetiKa agreed to organize the technical aspects and assemble a team of…

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Batzdorff's Teaching
in Tanzania

Jon Batzdorff was contacted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) / Special Fund for the Disabled to provide training in fitting above-the-knee amputees with ischial containment sockets.

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Al Ingersoll Working
in Bangladesh

Al Ingersoll, CPO, USISPO Education Chair

I was fortunate to visit Bangladesh this past year and meet with numerous people and organizations focused on the disability/rehabilitation sector. Bangladesh is well served by local organizations, (BRAC)

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Skills for Life 5

Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop

October 18-21, 2018 - Houston, Texas

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The Skills for Life workshop is a unique event dedicated to bilateral upper limb loss. It will include a program devoted specifically to issues faced by individuals with bilateral upper limb loss. Presenters will include individuals living with bilateral upper limb loss, therapists, prosthetists, physicians and others.

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The Skills for Life workshop is only possible because of our generous sponsors/donors and exhibitors! We have many levels of sponsorship available so click on the links below to learn more on how to get involved.

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Westin Oaks Hotel
The Galleria

5011 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

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More information coming soon. Registration will be an online process this year. It is not open yet, but we will let you know once it is ready.

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Limb loss individuals may apply for financial assistance to help offset their travel and lodging expenses (up to $950 USD). Please click the button below to begin the financial assistance application process. Follow up emails and phone calls may be necessary. Please contact Julie Klarich or Shawn Johnson with any questions.

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Comments from the SFL4 Workshop

Thank you so very much for planning such an amazing conference. I have had the opportunity to attend tons of conferences but this has been—by far—the best.

This was one of the most informative professional/peer education events I've attended in almost 48 years.

Having been a triple amputee for 36 years I didn't know if I could learn much. I was wrong. It was very informative. The new technology has sparked me into looking into things that may improve my daily living skills. This is the first SFL conference I have attended and it was more than I expected.

This experience was so inspirational and thought-provoking. We are leaving here today with bigger goals to be more independent.

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